Wednesday, October 21, 2020

Design Change: Points value

 As I mentioned in an earlier post, the general formula for ships was 44pts per Primary slot and 22 pts for secondary slot.  This was due to a desire to have certain ships cost a certain amount (eg, 500pts for a typical dreadnought).  I reverse engineered the points cost and ended up with the following chart: 

I had a few more of these sheets and at the time I felt pretty smart.  To be honest, I don't have the brain power or inclination to dissect what all those mean.  In general though, I settled into what appears to be the first one, with a primary at 44 and secondary at 22 points per.

I was trying to do some maths at work in calculation of various ship's points cost and had a "oh duh" epiphany...why don't I simplify and make the point values 40 and 20 instead!

After playing around with this and discovering that all the values suddenly were lacking stupid divisions into fractional points, I have decided that it will be worth the effort to go back and redo all the cards I have made so far.  This will give me an opportunity to also to make "Master Card" templates for each size class.  

Now that our latest project is finished (animated Children's story), I can start working on making a video for gameplay.  For that I need to quit writing so much fan-fiction and start moving the pieces across the board!

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

Suffolk Escort Cruiser / Tiger Strike Cruiser

Suffolk Escort Cruiser                        Tiger Strike Cruiser

One of the longest continuously serving ships in the NAC fleet, the Suffolk class escort cruiser began its service in a much different role.  In the arms race which the NAC was participating to maintain the prominence of the Royal Navy before the Second Solar War, plans were put forth to build one of the largest (at the time) warships yet proposed during that shaky peacetime era.  In many ways, the early Suffolk class epitomized the design philosophy of the NAC; a well-rounded ship designed to take on whatever large ships the other nations were also developing at the time.  Its role as a flagship, anchoring the battle line and exchanging weapons fire with opponents lasted for several years until the technology had advanced to make the Renown class battlecruisers and Thunderer battleships possible.  

Thursday, October 8, 2020

NAC Commanche Corvette

Near the end of the 21st century, with the Kra'Vak invasion in full swing, the minds of the NAC military strategists came to question the feasibility of the corvette for combat purposes.  While efficient to build in large numbers, the crux of managing and deploying them had always been in finding a suitable complement of crew willing and able to operate such a small craft in a combat scenario.  With the distressing losses being inflicted upon corvettes like the Arapaho class by the Kra'Vak scatterguns, morale on such remaining small vessels quickly diminished and voluntary enlistment for such assignments all but disappeared.

Sunday, October 4, 2020

NAC Battleaxe Heavy Cruiser and Lancaster Light Cruiser

Battleaxe Heavy Cruiser         Lancaster Light Cruiser

At the beginning of the 22nd century, the NAC was facing a problem of battle doctrine.  Their standard tactic of slowly advancing and reverse-collapsing on an enemy while focusing on their heavier elements, while effective, had considerable disadvantages.  

Thursday, October 1, 2020

NAC Arrow Class Scout Ship

  In the New Anglican Colonies, these are used much more extensively than in the Conglomerate due to the sheer amount of unexplored frontiers yet to be mapped and studied.  While the typical military-attached Arrow will have the usual compliment of a Corvette style secondary battery, it is becoming more and more common that they be produced unarmed due to their demand by eager individuals of aggressive new noble households seeking to make a name for themselves through discovery or service to the defensive fleets.

A note on the Colors

 It may be noted that I have painted my NAC miniatures in a yellow and blue.  Surely this is in part due to my desire to make a force in this paint scheme for some time as I believe it will contrast well and show up in videos and pictures easily.  It is also in no small part that my spouse is originally from Ukraine.

The planned colors for the NSL is brown, with light blue and silver/grey highlights, the Cyb forces in drab grey, and other forces that are yet to be determined.

New Anglian Confederation/Colonies: Overarching Lore in the Mareldon-verse

According the the GZG Full Thurst Miniatures line website for the New Anglian Confederation:



The current prefix used for NAC Navy ships is RNS, for Royal Navy Starship. Up to 2166 the prefix was CNS (for Confederation Navy Ship), but an Admiralty decision to change to RNS was reached as a compromise with the hardline Royalist factions who actually wanted a return to the old HMS (His/Her Majesty's Ship) which had been dropped in the late 2090s. NAC-registered merchant shipping is prefixed MSS, for Merchant Star Ship.

The national emblem for the Royal navy is a stylised "A" symbol with echoes of the old United Kingdom flag, in the traditional red, white and blue.

Blackstar Corvette, Frigate, Destroyer(s)